Marchand lauds new Sabres coach Nolan

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been in a good mood of late because of the team’s three-game winning streak.

He was in an even better mood after Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena when he learned one of his former mentors was named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres fired general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston and named Pat LaFontaine GM and Ted Nolan as coach.

“Good for him. That’s awesome,” Marchand said of Nolan’s new post.

Prior to Marchand’s second year with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, that team hired Nolan as coach. They worked together for only one season, but it was a big one for Marchand.

“He was very important in my development,” Marchand said. “I loved him as a coach, he was a great guy and very down to earth. He really knew how to deal with guys and get the best out of them. He’s definitely one of the most influential people I’ve had and I’m very happy to hear that he got the job in Buffalo.”

The Bruins and the Sabres play a home-and-home series on Dec. 19 and 21. Marchand says he plans on keeping his mouth shut with Nolan on the opposing bench.

“No, I don’t think I’ll be chirping,” Marchand said with a laugh. “He’s probably got more dirt on me than I do on him. I might say hi and keep quiet that game.”